Corporate, Commercial, M&A, Arbitration, Government Affairs and Regulatory
Ms Maleeka Bokhari is a partner in Kilam Law and is based in Islamabad. Ms Maleeka is a Barrister with over ten years of professional legal experience in the United Kingdom and Pakistan. She previously worked at RIAA Barker Gillette and has remained the senior legal counsel for Hashoo Group. She is admitted as an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan.
Ms Maleeka has held office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice in Pakistan and has remained responsible for the Government’s legislative business in Parliament. She has substantial experience of drafting legislation and advising on a broad range of matters including but not limited to regulatory, constitutional and public law and government affairs. She often acts in a strategic advisory role for local and international clients.
She has undertaken work in all major facets of civil and commercial legal practice. She has profound experience of handling matters in the oil and gas exploration and production sector and is very familiar with its legal and regulatory framework. Her corporate and commercial experience includes, advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, non-profit organisations, and Government entities. She has provided advisory services on complex commercial contracts, joint ventures, property law, foreign direct investment projects, and labour laws.
In addition to Ms Maleeka’s corporate experience, she has substantive experience of working on contentious matters and disputes. She has acted as lead counsel in several high-profile disputes representing one of Asia’s largest communications’ group and negotiated a multi-million-dollar equipment supply/services contract. Ms Maleeka also has experience in handling delicate and high-profile cases representing the Government of Pakistan in the Supreme Court as well as in several international arbitrations such as, the Tethyan Copper Company and Karkey Karadeniz arbitrations administered by ICSID. She is well versed with treaty based dispute settlement mechanisms and also represented the Government of Pakistan before the International Court of Justice. She represents Pakistan as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (Hague).
She holds an LLB hons from the University of West of England.
Ms Maleeka was nominated as the World Economic Forum Young Global leader in 2021. She is a patron for Pakistan’s first women lawyer’s professional portal lawyher.pk and www.insaafwatch.pk.